Friday 17 January, 2020

Sangre Grande man fined $8,000 for firearm possession

A 22-year-old man from Upper Cunapo Road, Sangre Grande, was fined $8,000 for firearm and ammunition possession.

John Sutton appeared before Magistrate Brambhanan Dubay on Monday at the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court.

He plead guilty upon his first appearance and was sentenced immediately.

He did not have a criminal record outside of this incident and, as a result, a custodial sentence was forfeited and the 22-year-old was fined.

PC Lezama was the complainant (charging officer) in this matter.

Sutton was held around 1.00 pm on Friday at his home. A search warrant was executed and the officers found and seized a Glock 19 pistol loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition.

The exercise was supervised by Snr Sup Daniel Moore, and with assistance from Sgt Harper, Sgt Leon, PC Singh, PC Lezama, PC Samuel, PC Budhooram, PC Cieldo, PC Jennings, and WPC Seenath, among others.

 

Firearm found in Bamboo #1

In a separate incident, police said they are searching for a man who dropped off a firearm in Valsayn to be picked up by another suspect.

The firearm, a Beretta pistol which was outfitted with a magazine that had three rounds of ammunition, was seized.

However, the suspects have yet to be held.

Loop News was told that on Sunday morning, officers of the Northern Division’s Special Investigations Unit, led by Inspector Robert Joseph, received intelligence which led them to Bamboo #1.

A sting operation was set up as the officers were told that suspects were expected to come into the community to pick up the firearm.

However, despite several hours of observation, no one came.

As a result, the weapon was seized and is expected to be taken for ballistic testing.

Police said the men who dropped off the weapon and who were expected to pick it up were known to them, and as a result, arrests are expected.

More on this as it becomes available.

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